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AUSTRALIA

Still life painter Olley dies

Painter Margaret Olley has died at the age of 88, the Art Gallery of New South Wales said yesterday. Best known for her colorful still life paintings, Olley, who was found dead at her Sydney home, was one of the nation’s most important and respected artists. “She was a painter — there was absolutely no other career for her,” gallery director Edmund Capon said, adding that her work was in the grand tradition of still life.

PHILIPPINES

Tropical storm kills seven

Seven people drowned and four are missing, while thousands fled their flooded homes as a tropical storm hit the nation, causing heavy rains and rough seas that disrupted aviation and shipping, officials said yesterday. Tropical storm Nock-ten also left two fishermen missing, while six others were rescued at sea as it approached the main island of Luzon, Civil Defense Administrator Benito Ramos said.

VIETNAM

Catholic priest jailed again

Authorities have sent an ailing Catholic priest and one of the country’s best-known democracy activists back to jail more than a year after his release on medical parole, an official said yesterday. The Reverend Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, 64, was escorted by police from his home at a church in Hue to Ba Sao prison outside Hanoi on Monday night, a prison official said on condition of anonymity, citing policy.

AUSTRALIA

Kangaroo attacks old lady

Police used pepper spray to overpower an aggressive kangaroo after it attacked a 94-year-old woman as she tended to the laundry in her backyard. Kangaroos rarely stray into urbanized areas, but police Sergeant Stephen Perkins said yesterday two officers were sent to assist the woman, who was attacked by a “Big Red” in the town of Charleville in southwest Queensland earlier this week. “Upon alighting from the car, the kangaroo approached one of the officers, the kangaroo was aggressive and the officer had to deploy his capsicum spray to subdue the animal,” Perkins told Reuters. The kangaroo initially retreated, but spotted the second police officer and bounded toward him, and was sprayed a second time.

NORTH KOREA

All voters vote: officials

All people who took part in local elections on Sunday voted for state--selected candidates and turnout was 99.97 percent, state media said yesterday. A total of 28,116 representatives were elected as deputies to assemblies at provincial, city and county level with not a single vote of opposition to the candidates, the Korean Central News Agency said. “Only those on foreign tours or working on the oceans could not take part in the election,” KCNA said. Typically, 99 percent of voters take part in elections and 99 percent of them vote for uncontested candidates.

CHINA

Pork dealers sentenced

A Henan Province court yesterday handed out long sentences, including a suspended death penalty, to five people involved in producing and selling pork tainted with a poisonous chemical, Xinhua news agency said. The pigs were fed clenbuterol to produce lean meat, which sells for a premium in China, the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork. Aside from the suspended death sentence, which in practice means a life sentence, the other suspects got sentences ranging from nine years in prison to life, Xinhua said.

GAZA STRIP

Israeli ‘collaborators’ killed

Hamas yesterday executed two men convicted of collaboration with Israel, the interior ministry said in a statement. It was the second time this year that the Islamist movement had carried out an execution of someone accused of “collaborating” with the Israelis. The statement did not say how the death sentence was carried out and it was not immediately clear when the two men were convicted. In May, a man referred to as A.S. was executed by firing squad after being convicted of collaboration a month earlier.

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